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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:11 PM

After elk crashes copter, some question wildlife chopper use

Source: Associated Press


Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press
Updated 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The case of an elk that died after it leapt in the air and brought a low-flying research helicopter down in Utah highlights the use of helicopters in wildlife monitoring, which has been criticized by animal-rights groups but praised as effective by wildlife managers.

The sound of the chopper blades and the wind kicked up by the helicopters can be terrifying for animals, said Jennifer Best with the group Friends of Animals.

"They're loud and they're scary and it's dangerous to the various wildlife that's impacted, and, as this demonstrates, can also be dangerous to the personnel who are operating the helicopter," she said.

She called for the use of less-invasive monitoring tools, like cameras or video monitoring.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/science/article/After-elk-crash-activists-question-wildlife-12614367.php

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Judi Lynn Feb 14 OP
ffr Feb 14 #1
truthisfreedom Feb 14 #2
democratisphere Feb 14 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 15 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 15 #4
Abu Pepe Feb 15 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:20 PM

1. Elk. Helicopter. We know what a helicopter is. They don't.

Same for cars (metal rolling machines) v. forest wildlife (coyotes, deer, bears, etc). They don't know what these things are. There's no evolutionary correlation for them to draw upon.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:28 PM

2. Seems like a great use for quiet drones.

Seriously!

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 07:48 PM

3. Great idea!

Much better craft for studying animals without terrorizing them.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 06:41 AM

5. It would take a coordinated formation of drones ...

... to drop a net on an elk to capture it. They were going to put some kind of tracking device on the elk when the elk objected to the operation.

Interesting that the operation was funded by hunting license fees. At least it's not tax dollars.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 06:37 AM

4. expensive noise-makers

Only people who live with continuous noise would "praise" helicopters.
Damn things should be banned from rural and wilderness areas.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 08:31 AM

6. Elks shouldn't fly choppers, period.

I have been 'saying that for years.

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